Jamestown, New York could be described as the “funniest town” in the United States, thanks in part to being home to the National Comedy Center, Comedy Park, and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. In addition to all the laughs this interesting town inspires, Jamestown also provides many ways to get out in nature, learn about history, and enjoy a variety of recreational activities for people of all ages. For locals and tourists who are over the age of twenty-one, the town also offers an array of spirits and craft brews to sample.
1.National Comedy Center
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Formally designed in 2019 by the United States Congress, the National Comedy Center in Jamestown is the official museum and cultural institution of America dedicated to the presentation of comedy’s vital story, as well as the preservation of its heritage for both present and future generations. The National Comedy Center provides a unique guest experience through personalization, interactivity, and state-of-the-art technology to create a true 21st-century museum environment. The museum features exclusive collections and over fifty interactive exhibits delving into every genre and style of comedy, ranging from slapstick and vaudeville acts live stand-up to cartoons and internet memes.
203 W 2nd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-484-2222
2.Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
© Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum is a must-see attraction during a trip to Jamestown, New York for any fan of the show, however, the museum offers a number of engaging exhibits and content for younger visitors or newbies to the iconic show as well. The masterful physical comedy of Lucille Ball provided an accessible charm that nearly anyone is able to get behind and inside the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, visitors will find a recreated Tropicana night club, behind-the-scenes looks at how the show was made, a booth allowing guests to create their own Vitametavegamin commercial, numerous costumes, and sets.
2 W 3rd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-484-0800
3.Audubon Community Nature Center
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The Audubon Community Nature Center was established to build and nurture connections between nature and people by offering knowledge for people to act everyday in environmentally responsible ways, opportunities for learning about and understanding the natural world, and positive outdoor experiences. Visitors can explore nearly six hundred acres of wetlands and around five miles of nature trails through educational gardens and the native tree arboretum. The Audubon Community Nature Center also provides an area for picnics and numerous exhibits about many of the animals in the local area. Guests can also see several live animals, like an American bald eagle.
1600 Riverside Rd, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-569-2345
4.Fenton History Center
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The Fenton History Center is one of Jamestown’s valuable cultural institutions and was listed on America’s National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The center primarily operates as a museum inside of Reuben Fenton’s family home. Fenton was a United States Congressman, followed by New York State Governor, and then United States Senator. Archives, a library, and a research center are located in the House House adjacent building. The Italian villa-style family residence, which is reminiscent of a mid-nineteenth century style, has been the history center for the local Southern Chautauqua County area since the year 1964.
67 Washington St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-664-6256
5.Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was established to both honor and continue Roger Tory Peterson’s work of fostering understanding, protection, and appreciation for the natural world. The institute today provides educational nature programs and events for all ages, interprets natural history materials, and is home to numerous museum exhibits. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is also a leader in the region’s plant and wildlife management and conservation. Visitors can stop by and learn about the natural world Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am until 4:00pm and on Sundays from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.
311 Curtis St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-665-2473
6.Robert H. Jackson Center
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The Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York was founded to honor the legacy of Robert H. Jackson, a former Chautauqua County lawyer who later had a significant impact on national and world affairs as the Solicitor General, the United States Attorney General, a United State Supreme Court Justice, and particularly as the Chief United States Prosecutor during the Nuremberg War Trials. His legacy has become an important beacon for his ideals of human decency, fairness, and justice and the Robert H. Jackson Center aims to continue this legacy. The center is open Monday to Friday, and Saturdays during the summer.
305 E 4th St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-483-6646
Jamestown’s Northwest Arena is a place that is particularly popular during the summer months, offering a destination for cooling off and having fun. The arena is home to an ice skating rink open year-round, with a special Public Skate discount offered throughout the summer season. Locals and tourists alike can also catch one of the hockey games when the Jamestown Rebels are in town, as well as several other special events throughout the year. The multi-purpose Northwest Arena contains two NHL-regulation ice pads, offering an ideal venue for figure skating, hockey, ice show, and tournaments, as well as ice bumper cars.
319 W 3rd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-484-2624
8.Lucille Ball Little Theatre
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The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is a community theater in Jamestown, New York that puts on five major theater productions every year between the months of September and May, as well as their annual Junior Guilders Show. Each of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre’s plays is presented to the public for two weekends, while the musicals are performed for three weekends. Lucille Ball is considered to be the most famous local personality of Jamestown, having been born and educated in the city. Lucille Ball’s first experience in acting was with the little theatre in Jamestown, which is now named in her honor.
18 E 2nd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-483-1095
9.Enchanted Mountain Spirits
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Enchanted Mountain Spirits, based in the city of Jamestown, is a New York State Farm Distillery named after the state’s Cattaraugus County Mountains, as well as shares the “colloquial name” of The Enchanted Mountains with County Cork, Ireland’s Shehy Mountains. The distillery uses regional products; such as goldenrod honey, malted barley, and potatoes; to produce spirits that uphold the centuries-old recipe of the O’Neill family. The Enchanted Mountain Spirits distillery could be described as the epitome of a small-batch, handcrafted distillery, from hand-filtering and filling to stamping and numbering. Batches of spirits here are typically around sixty bottles.
201 N Main St, Jamestown, NY 14701
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Shawbucks is well-known in the Jamestown community as a live entertainment venue, as well as a casual, unique dining establishment housed within an old printing factory. Lunch and dinner are offered in the venue’s family-friendly Press Room, while a late-night menu, appetizers, small plates, and bar bites are served in the Bar area. Shawbucks also offers Wing Night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For sports fans, the restaurant shows games at the bar, including the NFL Sunday ticket, with food served from 1:00pm until 10:00pm. As for the live entertainment, Shawbucks has hosted a variety of comedians, musical acts, and bands.
212 West 2nd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-487-2201
11.Pearl City Hops
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Pearl City Hops is a “gastro-inspired eatery” situated within the heart of the downtown area of Jamestown, New York, serving as a hub for the area’s local beer scene. Acting as a home base for visitors exploring the area or locals catching a hockey game at the nearby Northwest Arena, Pearl City Hops offers a laid-back atmosphere that’s combined with a slightly upscale feel that’s great for gathering with friends. The gastropub-style restaurant serves a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, paired with a thirst-quenching drink menu featuring a mix of classic beers and local brewery creations.
150 W 4th St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-488-7227
12.Jamestown Brewing Company
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Aiming to fill a gap in the local social scene and offer a place for both visitors and locals to gather, the Jamestown Brewing Company offers craft beer, mead, handcrafted specialty cocktails, and wine as a unique restaurant and brewpub in the city of Jamestown. The establishment serves farm-to-table fare that’s carefully sourced from local farmers. The beers brewed by the Jamestown Brewing Company are steeped in tradition and derived from several historic styles. The brewpub is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:00am until 10:00pm and from 11:00am until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
119 W. 3rd St, Jamestown, NY 14701, Phone: 716-484-4060
12 Best Things to Do in Jamestown, NY
- National Comedy Center, Photo: National Comedy Center
- Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Photo: Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
- Audubon Community Nature Center, Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com
- Fenton History Center, Photo: Fenton History Center
- Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Photo: Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
- Robert H. Jackson Center, Photo: Robert H. Jackson Center
- Northwest Arena, Photo: johnalexandr/stock.adobe.com
- Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Photo: Lucille Ball Little Theatre
- Enchanted Mountain Spirits, Photo: Enchanted Mountain Spirits
- Shawbucks, Photo: Shawbucks
- Pearl City Hops, Photo: Pearl City Hops
- Jamestown Brewing Company, Photo: Jamestown Brewing Company
- Cover Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com